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It was only a good goal fest, @Dan, because I was on the right end of it!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

@VP. it would be -30 as I've decided we can't double penalise you for getting sacked and not relegated, had you of been both then we would of. I've adjusted your score too @Ipswich Knights as I'm guessing you weren't actually relegated at the time of your sacking but the fact you haven't uploaded the league table hasn't helped.

Nice goal fest there @Suffolk Seasider

We have a new leader for the time being then @Ice Man great work in that transfer window.


that is correct. yes i was sacked after 42 games before relegation happened.

Sorry about the no table. I was too upset hhaa
I would love to give this a go if I'm not too late.

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I would love to give this a go if I'm not too late.


Loads of time yet!

Got until Thursday 30th November @ 8:00pm (GMT)

Welcome aboard!

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Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

https://gyazo.com/8a98d469873a6f43ffb6ad68d63591e6

Hopefully this guy will help us ascend the table!!

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It's been a decent start!

https://i.imgur.com/HNYgT6s.jpg?1

I'll carry on with it tomorrow now. Got a few signings coming in as well which should hopefully help out
Quick Question ... Given the nature of these challenges, why do we have to start with no badges or experience? Why can't everybody have to select the option for 'based on club' so that everybody still has the same level, nobody gains an unfair advantage, but you don't have to deal with relentless whining from all your players!

I'm all for no badges and rep when the time is right, but I don't see what it achieves here apart from making the game even more frustrating that it already is.
It's not been a bad start to this for me!

https://i.imgur.com/TsNIn7c.jpg?1

With 5 games played in the league, I've picked up 10 out of 15 points, and I'm only sitting 5 points outside of the playoff places now.

https://i.imgur.com/fn4eJ9h.jpg?1

I've got a FA Cup 4th Round Replay against Leicester next, and my prize if I win that is an away fixture against either Chelsea or Bournemouth in the 5th Round...

I managed to bring in Shani Tarashaj on loan from Everton until the end of the season, who is providing me with more options in the Striker and AM role

https://i.imgur.com/9AMF0iA.jpg?1
Quick Question ... Given the nature of these challenges, why do we have to start with no badges or experience? Why can't everybody have to select the option for 'based on club' so that everybody still has the same level, nobody gains an unfair advantage, but you don't have to deal with relentless whining from all your players!

I'm all for no badges and rep when the time is right, but I don't see what it achieves here apart from making the game even more frustrating that it already is.


I agree completely...I think this just cost me my job. The board confidence was fine in everything other than squad happiness and that the team had no faith in me as a manager because of my low rep. Of course you can argue that if I'd won more games then they would have rallied around but I was beginning to improve form before the players formed a coup, played atrociously and then the board stepped in to fire me. As below.

https://i.imgur.com/JSMdEMn.png

As form was picking up, they had their coup the night before the Leeds game so morale was abysmal and the match was the same.

https://i.imgur.com/ShjYNnY.png

Even the few players I'd managed to bring in were not happy.

https://i.imgur.com/NkXWh0g.png

We were never in the relegation zone during my tenure, nor when I was sacked, so I hope I don't get any extra negative points!

https://i.imgur.com/Q71NKXv.png

Have to admit I am a bit confused as to how the points for the league work now I've been sacked. As you can see, I was 18th when we were sacked, do I get 5 points for that?
Exited the Cup in the third round (took them to a replay though!) - 5points
Sacked -25points

So dependant on the league points, I'm either -25 or -30 overall.

Not a good start
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

This side is just so inconsistent. It seems to be two steps forward an one step back. Just as I start getting a little decent run of form going, I end up losing a game, or drawing a few in a row.

https://i.imgur.com/dEqOyOL.jpg?2

I am however within touching distance of the playoffs. A decent run of form between now and the end of the season could see me creep into 6th spot!

https://i.imgur.com/8DORaFa.jpg?2

The only issue I'm having at the moment is the lack of support from the players. With no coaching badges, it doesn't make them want to play for you at all!

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Not doing me any good


He scored one and assisted one in his time with me.
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Quick Question ... Given the nature of these challenges, why do we have to start with no badges or experience? Why can't everybody have to select the option for 'based on club' so that everybody still has the same level, nobody gains an unfair advantage, but you don't have to deal with relentless whining from all your players!

I'm all for no badges and rep when the time is right, but I don't see what it achieves here apart from making the game even more frustrating that it already is.


Agreed with you pal. If the Sunderland are team are this bad in real life no wonder the whining gits have just gone bottom. They majority rarely react positively to team talks.
He scored one and assisted one in his time with me.


He already has 1 goal and 1 assist in 1 start and 3 bench appearances so I'm pretty confident!!
I've finished my run through now. Ended up finishing 7th, missing out on the Playoffs by a single point.

https://i.imgur.com/OhVtW8c.jpg?1

That final game of the season was excrutiating though! I needed to beat Wolves, and had to hope that Birmingham and Fulham drew to be able to get into the playoffs. As you can see, things were looking really good for much of the game...

https://i.imgur.com/qGMuDye.jpg?1

A 92nd minute winner for Fulham, and with the goal, a place in the playoffs.

Lewis Grabban did manage to grab the Golden Boot award for the Championship though, finishing on 21 goals.

https://i.imgur.com/DWVgh43.jpg?1

Aiden McGeady got the Goal of the Season award. Does this count for any points?

https://i.imgur.com/qeI4UZr.jpg?1

Here's the list of fixtures

https://i.imgur.com/yWWMSVU.jpg?1

By my reckoning, I've managed to accumulate:

Finish 7th-12th - 10 points
Made it to FA Cup 4th Round - 5 points
Beat Middlesborough - 5 points
Beat Leeds - 5 points
Top Goalscorer - 5 points

30 points total
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That was an absolute drag!! I'm glad it's done but I feel quite hard done by to be honest, with 6 games to go the board called me to a meeting and I came out of that having to get 11 points from the next 5 games (4 of them against top 8 sides!!), harsh right? I got 9 points from them and they sacked me on the day that our survival was mathematically confirmed!! Surely they could've given some consideration to keeping the club up!!! Anyway, here's the screenies:

https://i.imgur.com/HQmAk7C.png

Sacked with 1 game to go despite keeping them up!!

https://i.imgur.com/cbjQXOl.png

Safe!!

https://i.imgur.com/W0OURUW.png

League Results

https://i.imgur.com/qxhTVfB.png

FA Cup exit in the Third Round replay.

https://i.imgur.com/5JBcT8o.png

Managed to beat Leeds though, somehow!!

Points

FA Cup 3rd Round: -5 Points
Getting Sacked: -25 Points
Beating Leeds: 5 Points

Total: -25 Points

Not sure if I get 5 points for keeping them up? I feel like I should given that it was mathematically achieved before I was sacked but i've not added them, please confirm?

Wow alec you killed it well done
Between the difficulty of this challenge, and the fact I'm still getting a handle on FM18, I didn't do anything like as well as I'd have liked.

https://i.imgur.com/XdkgbYO.png

https://i.imgur.com/KSaZoeU.png

13th-20th: 5 points
Beat Boro: 5 points

Total: 10 points


EDIT - What's the stand on people taking additional goes at a challenge?
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Dont take this the wrong way @LeChuckSC but how did you not get sacked?
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Dont take this the wrong way @LeChuckSC but how did you not get sacked?


The board came to me to discuss my future. I wangled a deal to need 11 points from my next 5 games. There was only one game left in the season. *shrug*

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Can promotion be in sight?

https://i.imgur.com/izsVTRB.png

https://i.imgur.com/1tNvPIP.png
A close call, ended up with 68 points.. a late goal by Wolves crushing all hopes for the playoffs.

Finish 7th-12th - 10 points
Beat Middlesborough - 5pts
Beat Leeds - 5pts
Third Round Exit FA Cup - -5pts

Makes it 15 points.

https://i.imgur.com/Vh4SQ93.png

https://i.imgur.com/26F0c17.png
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Quite frankly, I'm glad that's over. The Sunderland squad have really damaged my self esteem, with there constant moaning and undermining attitudes. How the hell I kept my job I don't know. On the plus side the last game of the season saw me drop everyone in favour of the kids and a 16 year old got 2 goals to become Sunderland's youngest scorer. Still lost 5-3 though.

https://i.imgur.com/IsIgZoW.png

https://i.imgur.com/AIckesw.png

https://i.imgur.com/TdjUSMZ.png

By my reckoning that's a grand total of 5 points. Woo-hoo!

Any chance on future challenges we can play with coaching badges and playing history applicable to the club we are at please.
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Points

FA Cup 3rd Round: -5 Points
Getting Sacked: -25 Points
Beating Leeds: 5 Points

Total: -25 Points

Not sure if I get 5 points for keeping them up? I feel like I should given that it was mathematically achieved before I was sacked but i've not added them, please confirm?

Umm as you were mathmatically safe, I'll say yes on this occasion! -20 points overall

EDIT - What's the stand on people taking additional goes at a challenge?

One attempt per challenge only I'm afraid.

Any chance on future challenges we can play with coaching badges and playing history applicable to the club we are at please.

Yes, I'm looking into changing that. Also made your score ten points as you reached the FA Cup 4th Round?

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New save coming for FM20...:- Heartbreak, misery, but hope on the horizon... https://i.imgur.com/vyxFXJL.png?1
Sacked after an injury time (90+5 min!) equaliser against Leeds.

I think I should be on -20?

https://i.imgur.com/vBWtMoJ.png
https://i.imgur.com/ZH2L2j1.png

https://i.imgur.com/096o72h.png

https://i.imgur.com/dBmfMz8.png

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Yes, I'm looking into changing that. Also made your score ten points as you reached the FA Cup 4th Round?


Nice one Dan. Looking forward to the next one.
Finally finished this and amazingly did not get sacked despite the players best efforts. Managed to survive 'El Sackico'.

https://i.imgur.com/3mKCqbh.png?1

And went on to finish in the lofty heights of 16th

https://i.imgur.com/gW9eCTu.png?1

https://i.imgur.com/B6nhEk6.png?1

Highlight of the season was a 93rd minute winner to beat West Brom in the cup. We also did very well to only lose 4-1 to Chelsea after going 1-0 up!

https://i.imgur.com/MehOe9D.png?1

Signing of the season was Brad Wright-Phillips who defied the odds and scored a whopping two goals

https://i.imgur.com/c4D6SWR.png?1

So I believe I get 5 points for the league finish and that is that.

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